Vatican City • Philomena Lee, the Irish woman whose life story is the center of the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," met Pope Francis on Wednesday.
The movie has earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture, and Stephen Frears, the film's director, expressed hope Pope Francis would watch the feel-good film, which some critics say is rife with anti-Catholic undertones. But the Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, recently quashed that speculation.
"The Holy Father does not see films," Lombardi said, "and he will not be seeing this one."
The movie tells the tale of Lee's struggle to track down her son, who was taken from her in a Catholic home for unwed mothers in 1952, when she was 18. According to Lee's account, the church actively blocked her efforts — and those of her son — to reunite.